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James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale - Malt Shovel Brewery

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James Squire The Chancer Golden AleJames Squire The Chancer Golden Ale

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 100
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: joecast on 11-25-2004

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden ochre-brown body. Little carbonation. A centimetre-deep off white head.

Smells very similar to their IPA, fragrant fruits, sweet malt and a hint of sharp hops as well. Very sweet, quite pleasant.

It has a great deal of that nasty sour yeast character, which I feel ruins whatever other potential may be in there. It starts well, with a sweet, fruity lightness. But after a while it just sinks to this wek sticky bad yeast flavour.
Eh. It's drinkable, but certainly not special.

So not interesting enough. It's rather bland, and very forgettable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll have the Kangaroo with chips and I'll wash it down with a schooner of James Squires Golden Ale..."so you want the Wollengong Special?" "Is it good"...I ask..."Very Nice" says the gorgous Sheila...."ALLL RIGHTY THEN....I'll have that!" Was it a good choice...absolutely. The Golden Ale by Jimmy Squire was very good. Pure golden color with sea foam color head which left a deliteful lace. Not much to smell, maybe some faint lemon/citrus....which could also be described in the taste. Session??? You bet your Wallaby!!!

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Photo of wl0307
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a 345ml bottle; BB 06/12/13, served cool in a short-stemmed goblet. Notes: the beer label specifies Amarillo is the hop variety used in this brew.

A: pours a dark golden colour with a light red-ish shade, coming with a thin beige creamy head and very lively carbonation.
S: given a good swirl, enticingly biscuity crystal malts and candy-ish sweetness come hand in hand with a refreshing & light citric, dried-grassy and faintly herbal hoppiness as well as savoury-sweet preserved hawthorn fruits, on top of light estery fruits as in unripe apples. A “creamy” texture seems to assert itself as well, likely a bi-product of yeasts’ work.
T: effervescent, the foretaste is intriguingly acidic estery/sour-fruity, then a neutrally-flavoured and slightly savoury maltiness creeps up with a light biscuity hint and very little hop flavour to follow; the bitterness is kept at a very moderate level, but leaving a semi-chewy and rough mouthfeel at the finish of each sip, where an unexpected touch of alcohol should emerge to linger on the side.
M&O: the mouthfeel remains smooth throughout, despite the initial effervescence which softens along the way; this medium-bodied golden-coloured ale shows plenty of signs of estery influence and doesn’t come quite hoppy as one would normally expect from this beer style, but, compared with the other James Squire product I’ve tried, the Nine Tale Amber Ale, I find this one far more approachable, albeit still quite boring to be honest.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tall strange)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body with a thin white head that sticks to the glass for a bit. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.
S- There s a soft pale malt flavor with a finish of green hop hints.
T- The soft dry pale malt flavor is pretty clean with a green noble note in the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight cleaning fizz in the finish.
D- This beer is light and crisp with notes of pale malt and even softer hops.

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Photo of dgilks
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden colour. A 1 finger white head dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film.

Moderate citrus hop aroma. Low sweet malt profile. It works well and is quite appetising.

Moderate citrus hop flavour with a slightly musty/soapy note in the background. Hop flavour could be stronger through the finish. Moderate, clean malt profile sits nicely with the hops. Moderate hop bitterness is present but the malt stands it up with the balance being slightly tilted towards the malt. A tiny bit of carbonaic acid is present in the finish. Good but some more bitterness would be appreciated.

Medium body and moderate carbonation are fine. Pretty smooth.

A very drinkable beer. I would prefer a bit more bitterness but I can see the appeal in this beer and it is a favourite with a number of friends.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From can on a flight from Sydney to Cairns (was served in a proper glass though, unlike the bloke below).
Golden amber pour with a reasonable creamy head leaving lots of lacing.
Floral hoppy aroma with a hint of citrus. Sweet clean malt backing.
Flavours are mostly clean malt with some toasty hints. Green hops shine through followed by a gentle bitterness. Nice flavours but finishes weakly.
Great creamy carbonation and body.

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Photo of drpimento
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottles don't seem to be too friendly to the JS beers, at least here at this hotel. This one is the best of three so far. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, foamy, thick, short lived, cream-colored head and a bit of lace. Aroma had hints of resin and citrus, malt. Flavor's like nose, tang is in front, followed by a bit o bitter and a tad o sweet. Body's a touch soft and not to the advantage. Finish has some medicinal flavs that last a bit.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep, dark-red-infused golden colour with a thinly dispersed but pillowy head. Light carbonation forms on the side of the glass and trickles steadily upwards. Sticks quite well to the side of the glass and leaves a thin layer of lacing. Really quite nice looking.

I could smell it as I poured. Now with my nose to the glass there is a delightful aroma of floral hops with a strong infusion of fruity characters. There are a lot of tropical fruit tannins that give it a somewhat acidic yet sweet smell. There's almost, almost a berry character to it, because it's just rich and powerful. Lovely-smelling beer.

This is the last of a six-pack that I'm reviewing, and I've found that when drinking it straight from the bottle there's an unpleasant yeasty texture to the first few sips. When poured, this disappears (there's a lesson for us all). Palate is a little subdued but lingers for a long time on the back of the tongue. It starts off with a good crescendo of bittering hop and then delivers a malty fruit flourish with citrusy esters. The body of the palate falls a little short of its mark but it leaves behind a nice bitter finish which trails off slowly. It's a very pleasant drinking ale, there can be no doubt about it. It falls a little short in two departments though; it's not quite flavoursome enough to leave a lasting impression, and it's not quite clean enough on the finish to be good sobering ale. The mouthfeel is a little wet and flat, but it goes down okay because the flavours are pleasant but not overpowering.

Overall, an extremely drinkable brew with a gorgeous nose, fine flavours, but that underperforms just a little in the taste department.

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Photo of ADZA
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale see thru copper colour with average carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head with hardly any lacing at all,the smell of this beer is very appealing with a very dominant stone fruit,barley aroma very nice,it has a medium mouthfeel and tastes very tropical indeed with nice tastes of stonefruit,paw paw and some passionfruit this is definately one of those beers that i could drink alot of in a session and not get bored of.

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Photo of soju6
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Portland Brewhouse.

A: Served a bronze color with a decent thick head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of some hops and malt sweetness and a bit of herbs in the background.

T: Taste is a mix of citrus and malt sweetness with a hint of honey. Decent bitterness and a dry finish.

F: fairly medium body, quite smooth and creamy.

O: Nice golden ale, nothing to rave about, but is good for a few.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden (funny that!) clear colour, one finger head. Stays a while.

Aromas of honey, sweet.

Taste is more honey, sweetigh, but not too many hops to balance out. A little macro-ish, but not the dreaded metallic taste. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel, light not too carbonated.

Overall, a good pub beer. Pleased to see it getting widely available. Very drinkable, suspect I could go a few schooners of this before the sweetness maybe caught up.

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Photo of brendan13
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden colour with fluffy head of an inch or so.
S - Herbal hops with a metallic note. Light pale malts vauge in the background. Some slight citrus notes.
T - Pretty much along the same lines as the smell but not as herbal.
M - Full mouthfeel and a dry finish.
D - Not the most interesting beer but highly drinkable with some character.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Mid to dark amber colour under a finger of dense white head and then some quality lacing.

S - Light malt and floral hops.

T - Follows the nose with mild honey like malt before some grassy hop bitterness takes over.

M - Low to medium level of carbonation, quite light body.

O - Pretty pedestrian pale ale, nothing outstanding but beats the macros if there are no better options.

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Photo of drtth
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review based on notes taken on a recent visit to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear golden amber color with a 1/8" white head. While the head does not persist long it does leave some modest lacing.

Smell: The aroma is composed of light citric floral hops and some gentle bready malt.

Taste: The flavors are a bit bland but have traces of fruity, honey-like sweetness well balanced with each other so that nothing dominates. The hops have a light citric character.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with light carbonation. The finish is medium long and ends with gentle bitterness and on a slightly dry note.

Drinkability: While this was drinkable enough I found the flavors and the aromas to be a bit lackluster and mundane. This seems to me to be a case where balance has been achieved at the cost of any distinguishing character. I'll probably not be having this one again.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank on tap at The Grosvenor, Perth

A - Pours a Golden golour with a two fingered white head that dies quickly and laces.

S - A little malt and honey.

T - A little malty and honey again. Maybe small hops.

M - Light to medium body, and carbonation

D - Easy drinking lager with something a little different.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - on the darker golden side in color with a nice inch of thick, white head on top. Super clean and clear in appearance with carbonation levels looking spot on.

Aroma - hay, lemon zest, cut grass, oranges along with some sweet, pale malty notes.

Taste - my first impression is that this has a hoppiness that could put it into the pale ale category. It's not dominating by any means but there's a nice citrusy hop flavor that resonates in every sip. Some lemon/lime tanginess along with pale malts gives it a bit of a sweet and sour flavor. Quite nice. This is a very refreshing beer on a warm summer evening around the grill. I think this would be a nice import in cans actually.

Overall - very easy to drink and approachable from any angle. It's got enough of a hop kick to please the pale ale palate but also a nice sweet malty background for those looking for something closer to an amber. This is the type of beer that Australian craft brewers do very well. A lower alcohol brew that has plenty of flavor but won't put you on your ass after a couple pints.

Would I buy more of it? - probably not too relevant. I did however enjoy a number of pints of this on draught while in Australia. When I go back I'm sure I'll do the same.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Format: standard 330mL brown bottle, pretty standard James Squire label.

Appearance: pours out a dark amber-gold colour with a finger of off-white head that drops away to a thin cap.

Aroma: a small amount of biscuit malts and citrus hops on the nose. Not very powerful.

Taste: more weak biscuit malts and citrus with a heavy fug over the top from either odd spices or yeast. Not the best Squire beer.

Aftertaste: the flavours follow through here, still a bit awkward.

Mouth feel: fairly light in body with a moderate carbonation.

Overall: an okay beer but certainly not the best from the James Squire line-up. I'll spend the extra $5 for a case of the others.

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Photo of joecast
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

re-reviewed 2/06
well, been a long time since ive been down this road.

color is a bit deeper. clear gold, with an orange tinge. ok enough head. reforms well with a swirl. same orange tinge joins the usual whiteness.

aroma is like a completely different beer. much more apa like with more obvious citrus right up front. orange zest with a hint of yeast.

i can see how this has become so popular (or why they push it so hard). probably the best australian "crossover" beer. like trying mango chicken as your first curry. definitely some different flavors going on to the usual fish and chips, but not the straight up head of a vindaloo either.
nice balance with the hops making a showing, and not too much sweetness from the malt side.

not sure if anything has changed about this beer since its release, other than my opinion. much more palatable than i remember.

well, pretty interested to finally try this one.
fairly light in color. gold, with not much head forming from the tap. slight lacing forms with a light swirl of the glass.

not much aroma to it first up. as it warms, a light citrusy/spicy aroma shows up. thought this was supposed to be similair to cascade (as in citrusy) but not really noticeable at all.

flavor is really leaning towards spicy/peppery from the hops, with the malt secondary.

with the advantage of hearing from one of the brewing reps, and getting their objective from this beer, it seems they hit their mark. having a slight ale flavor, and a majority lager everything else. as in a crisp clean taste/mouthfeel.

sadly though, for me at least, this seems like a cop out. but its not a bad beer by any means. though, i have to think, why settle for trying to be second best or appeal to the masses?

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Photo of mulder1010
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

345 ML poured into a SA perfect pint

A-- Poured a clear honey, gold straw color. One finger off white head that quickly died down to just above film. Lots of carbonation showing on the sides of the glass. Half finger of head on swirling. Just a bit of soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Sweet malt, honey, stewed vegetables and a touch of metal.. Hops are just a touch floral.

T-- Stale bread, vegetables and honey. Tastes old and a lot like an adjunct.

M-- A lot of sweet honey and malt in the mouth. It is creamy and quite carbonated. Hops are really eaten up by the sweetness in this but a better mouthfeel than taste.

D-- Drinkable on a hot day but otherwise nothing to get excited about. Not something I would do often.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BA it's been a while! Well it has indeed and today I'm turning my keen beer senses to a brew that seems a strangely obvious pick for a review but has thus far eluded my cold beer-goggle glare: Old Mate Squires Golden Ale. And why is it that this fine brewers brew has dodged the bruview bullet? Could it be that I was oblivious to the beer when it was right in front of me, i.e. couldn't see the tavern for the tap? Or could it be that this was always my least favourite JS brew and I've waited till now to finally rate it? ... Intrigue!

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Hmmm... the clue is in the name with this brew: golden body with a chalk white head reducing to an ale'esque lacing.

S: Smells like the floor of an English pub, the type of noxious mix of stale ale, yeast re-fermenting and vegetable detritus... not as unappealing as you would expect but certainly not winning any awards. Still not as bad as the trash heap aroma that wafts off of most Aussie macro lagers.

T: Grain malt fore-notes with a smattering of toffee apple hints and finished with a light dry hop note. The bitterness is quite mild and leaves me thinking that this is the "let's introduce young metro guys to beer" kind of ale. Disappointing as I remembered it (the memory of taste can be surprising at times).

M: Light and watery, but with a fairly accurate carbonation for an ale.

D: Bland. In the world of Aussie macro lager's - i.e. the local pub - this brew is a Godsend. In reality though this brew is hardly a contender for any award. Again it is the beer that JS make for the masses to try and convert them over to the wonderful world of craft and if it allows JS to continue making their excellent IPA, Porter and Pilsner then I will support the cause, otherwise I have no reason to drink it.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Bottle, Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, grass, light fruity hops. Flavor is light malt, grass, light fruity hops. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation.

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Photo of vancurly
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

James Squire in a can... courtesy of Qantas inflight refreshments. And served with a plastic cup... oh well, can't have everything.

Nice, golden pale amber, good bubbling, and white whippy head.

Aroma & flavour a tropical blend of passionfruit, pineapple, green grape. Flavour expands to include herbs (oregano ?), seeds (passionfruit again), and faint white bread.

Late bitterness, lingering hop aftertaste. And very well balanced.

Short flight, only one allowed :-(

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Not dissimilar in appearance to Little Creatures Pale Ale, although a bit less orange. About two fingers of foamy head quicky reduced to a relatively low level of froth. The colour is a coppery-gold, although quite transparent.

Smell - 3.5
The smell is very pleasant, it is not nearly as strong as I would have liked. Overall, a very clean smell, slightly floral and a little citrusy.

Taste - 4.0
Not hugely interesting for a pale ale, but still very nice. Initially there is no predominant flavour, although this is taken over by a fruity, malty sweetness with grassy notes. The finish is hoppy and dry, leaving the mouth refreshed and longing for another sip.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Moderate carbonation throughout, slightly watery at first, slightly syruppy towards the end. Not bad for a beer of just 4.5% alcohol.

Drinkability - 4.5
This is a superbly drinkable beer, it would take quite a few to get boring and it is rather thist-quenching, with that dry finish leaving one dying for another. What's more, it's only 4.5% alcohol!

While not quite as good as Little Creatures Pale Ale, this is a highly competent and cheaper alternative. For a beer of this quality I would say it is very good value for money. While there are more interesting Aussie beers out there, there are few more drinkable and better tasting for the price. If you can get it on tap it is even better, and makes it a brilliant session beer choice.

Edit: While still a decent beer I've been finding Golden Ale to be a little bland of late, which may be the beer changing, or my palate.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange to gold with a static variably bubbled head and a small amount of bead.
It looked enticing
It smelt of flowery stewed stone fruits
The taste was reminiscent of a Jaffa Sweet oranges with a hint of chocolate It finished sharp and crisp.
This delovers bigtime for me and for what the label says it will do
It is thirst slaking and uaffable.
It is not overly complex or bitter and would make a great session beer.
in act if it stays at around $2 a stubby I will be drinking quite a bit more over summer

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Photo of Macca
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear golden colour with a generous white head.

Aromas of marmalade are the first thing I pick up on the nose. Some nice maltiness as well.

Tropical fruit on the palate. The maltiness is there as well.

More sweetness than I would normally expect for an APA.

I don't mind this one, and I'm grateful for its wide availability, but there are many better ones out there.

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James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.